January 10, 2017 - February 11, 2017
The Main Gallery exhibition at the Taube Museum of Art will feature Kyklos by Susana Amundarain from January 10 to February 10, 2017. Amundarain is a Venezuelan-born American artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Amundarain’s work is represented in museums in South America, United States, as well as in many private and corporate collections, such as Empresas Polar Foundation, PepsiCO, ALCOA, and Minitab.
KYKLOS is the Greek word for cycle. She chose it as the title of this exhibition to celebrate the opportunity she has been generously given by the staff at the Taube Museum of Art to show and share some of her paintings from different time periods. “When I see them together, I can also see the cycles in life and how they find a way to manifest in the artwork. My earliest work here is from 1985 and the latest is from 2015.”
One of her main interests is the interconnection of different art forms. Her paintings and mixed-media works on paper lie somewhere between abstraction and representation, and her images have been described as poetic and compelling, many times identified as lyrical abstractions.
Amundarain holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, with emphasis in painting and performance art from the University of Denver in Colorado. She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, in NYU, New York City. She currently lives and works in Minot, ND.
Excerpt from Susana’s Artist Biography: I was born in Venezuela, a
tropical country, where we never experience the seasons. But there are
dramatically different areas in Venezuela: the Northern coasts where the
Caribbean Ocean provides picture-perfect beaches with an abundance of
sunlight; and then to the South, the complexities of the rainforest with
unique table mountain formations, a dense jungle where light filters through
little openings and the general ambiance is of low light. To the West, the
Andean mountains, the end of the chain that travels south throughout South
America to the end of Chile. Then to the East, the Orinoco Delta, with a
labyrinth of water channels as they run violently into the Atlantic Ocean.
This is how I grew up, in a diversity of landscapes and peoples.
As I was finishing my high school education I thought I would be a scientist, maybe in basic sciences; but moving to Colorado when I was 18 years old was revelatory. I was able to face my present more freely, and realized my true love was in the arts. I finished my college degrees in Denver, with its beautiful light. After that there were a series of moves and experiences that took me home, to New York, little escapades in South America and Europe, and many years in Pennsylvania, just before arriving in North Dakota; a place to fall in love with its sky and the clarity of its vast space. These works are made with acrylic paint, sometimes with collaged elements, usually micas and papers. They are built by layering thin coats of paint in a process that combines play, memory, and timeless moments of contemplation.
I hope you won’t just look for meaning in these images, but bring meaning to them, complete them. These are not abstractions or landscapes in themselves, but silent surfaces that I hope will evoke a feeling of connection, or suggest the possibility of the mysterious. Thanks for being an audience to this work.
Meet the artist, Susana, during her artist reception, which is free and open to the public, Thursday, January 12th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Hors d’ouevres and wine will be served.
The Lower Gallery exhibition will feature works by Bismarck artist Nicole Gagner, with her exhibition titled The Road Home. It will feature acrylic paintings of North Dakota landscapes.
Museum and Gift Shop hours: Tues – Fri 10:30 – 5:30 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm or by special appointment. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. The exhibition is made possible with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
For further information contact Doug Pfliger, Gallery Manager, Taube Museum of Art, 701-838-4445.